Institute for Economic and Social Research

Seminar | Jianfeng Wu, Fudan University


Time: 2023/05/25(Thu.), 13:30 – 15:00(Beijing Time)

Title:    The Heterogeneous Effects of Place-Based Policy on Neighborhood Change: Within-City Evidence from Shanghai

Venue: Zhonghui Buidling 106

About the speaker:

Jianfeng Wu is an associate professor at China Center for Economic Studies (CCES), Fudan University. He studies regional and urban economics, and has published several academic papers of urban and regional issues, including agglomeration economies, relocation of industrial activities, urban pollution and urban growth in China. He is also interested in the role that institutions can play in urban and regional growth. He received his Ph.D. in 2009 from the National University of Singapore and has been at Fudan since then. He is Principle Investigator of research project, Testing for Localized Effect of County Administration Restructuring in China using Micro-geographic Data, sponsored by National Science Foundation of China, 2016-2019. He was the Principle Investigator of research project,The Spatial Evolution of Industrial Activities in China, sponsored by National Science Foundation of China, 2010-2013. He was one of the key researchers on the project,The Studies on China’s Urbanization, sponsored by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of PRC, 2009.He received 12thShanghai Social Science Best Paper Award in 2014.


This paper examines the impact of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) on local neighborhoods within large cities. We develop a theoretical framework that predicts heterogeneity in the effects of SEZs on residential sorting. Using a combination of difference-in-difference (DD) and spatial spillover analysis based on confidential census data at the refined neighborhood level (juweihui) in Shanghai from 1990-2010, we find that high-skill zones increase the share of highly educated residents, whereas low-skill zones do not. Among the major causes of heterogeneity, our estimation shows, are the vastly different types of job opportunities and school amenities offered by SEZs.


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